Free gas for life prize actually worth $1,200 a year for 50 years

A few weeks ago, the Bransen family won “free gas for life” at BP when they came in first place at an Amazing Race 8 pit stop. However, there’s no use befriending one of them just to be able to fill your gas tank whenever you want, because the prize “isn’t unlimited,” according to the new TV Guide magazine.

The prize is actually worth $1,200 a year for 50 years; each of them receives a gas card with that amount annually. Thus, in 50 years, if gas prices continue to climb exponentially, they’ll be able to get maybe two or three gallons for free every year.

Still, between the four of them, their reward is worth $240,000–a much better prize than a trip worth maybe a few thousand dollars.

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